There has been a hive of excitement at Lissataba, as a albino waterbuck has survived the elements and resident leopards to date. Initially we were concerned the herd would reject her for looking different, instead they have accepted her as is. We were overjoyed to see she has out-lived two heat waves. Suffering from albinism its survival is usually threatened under these conditions. The lack of predators has also contributed towards her existence.
Albinism is characterised by a complete lack of melanin, including the iris of the eye. These animals are generally light sensitive, hearing and eye-sight is also known to be effected. Their survival is usually compromised due to the lack of camouflage as seen in these photo of her in her younger days.